If you’re not laughing your way through your workday, you aren't alone. In this era of political correctness, the workplace has become humor impaired. People are afraid to tell jokes because they might get fired for offending someone. Workers have stopped laughing, because the boss might think they’re not getting work done. And no one laughs anymore in Los Angeles, well, mostly because they can’t – too much Botox.
1) Create a database. (CRM – Customer Relationship Management) When I was an 8 year-old magician performing at birthday parties, I kept every client’s name on an index card in a recipe box. I’ve moved up from a recipe box to a computer, where I file away everyone who has ever contacted me. Just like in Game of Thrones, the power is in the hands of how many people are in your army. Now, your power is in the number of followers you have in your database, on Twitter, on Facebook, and on YouTube. I use SugarCRM. You can use MailChimp, or here is a list of reviews http://www.reviews.com/crm-software/.
2) Provide your followers with value. They want to hear how you can help them. Give your fans something other than, “Come see my show!” Email them about things THEY are interested in (don’t assume it’s you). Think of yourself as a first responder for THEIR needs.
3) Network by supporting other people. After your day job, get out of the house, stay off the 405 and other roads that don’t move so you can talk to other comics, actors, writers, and participate in the community. If you come to other people’s events, they just might come to yours (it’s not true for funerals).
4) Become a YOUTUBE STAR. DIY your own projects on YouTube. Build your team to create your own projects and internet content. Join together with actors, writers, and directors to show what you can do. YouTube sensation Jenna Marbles has over 13 million subscribers and makes millions. GloZell turned herself into a star with her zany characters on YouTube. YouTube is the stage you want to be on.
Here are 5 simple tips to help you become a better writer:
1. Try writing at 4 AM. It's easier to write when your critic is asleep. You will have access to the hidden gold in your subconscious.
2. Write inappropriate stuff. There will be time to edit and censor yourself, but filtering out ideas in the beginning will also filter out the gold.
3. If you get stuck – write lists starting with the Top 10 Reasons Writing Sucks. Lists are not just for David Letterman.
4. Cover your computer screen while you write. Not seeing what you are writing will keep you from judging it as you go.
5. Set your iPhone timer and keep writing until it goes off. The difference between pros and amateurs is that the pros keep going even when they don’t want to.
Judy Carter blogs on comedy, storytelling and public speaking techniques, using personal stories and her adventures as a stand-up comic turned motivational public speaker. Her weekly blogs are read by fans of her books, “The Comedy Bible” (Simon and Schuster) and “The Message of You” (St. Martin’s Press), which include comics, speakers, and entrepreneurs. She is also known for teaching the value of humor and storytelling to businesses as a leadership and stress reduction tool.